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the presidential race, the murder of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador in benghazi, libya. the wave of anti-american protests and violence now sweeping the globe. for more on what happened and why, let's bring in the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, dr. susan rice. dr. rice, thank you for joining us. >> first of all, what is the latest on who these attackers were at the embassy or at the consulate in benghazi? we're hearing that the libyans are arresting people. they're saying some people were from outside the country and some even al qaeda ties. what's the latest information? >> jake, first of all, it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun and it will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainty what transpired. but our current assessment, is that in fact what began as a spontaneous not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this video that was disseminated. we believe that folks in benghazi, a small number of people came to the consulate to repli
in benghazi. that is where we begin. i'm bill hemmer. good morning to "america's newsroom.". martha: good morning, everybody. i'm martha maccallum. there are still really a lot of unanswered questions. it is still unclear what the libyan government is doing to bring those killers to justice. president obama yesterday telling the u.n. assembly that america will get to the bottom of the murders of chris stevens and the others. >> the attack on civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. there should be no doubt we will be relentless tracking down the killers and bringing them tobill: how possit while order in libya is still unknown? we want to begin our coverage now. greg palkot streaming live out of tripoli. what is the latest on this militia crackdown there, greg? >> reporter: bill, martha, we're getting mixed signals about that. we were just talking to our contact in benghazi. he said one of the key militias in that city is it falling into line with the government. we've been out and about here in tripoli. we visited one compound where militias were driven out by libyan security force
of security we had in benghazi as inadequate. you're going to have to do an assessment of where we need to have these kinds of exposed facilities. and there's been a lot of criticism ever since the embassy bombings in africa in the nineties. i think you'll have to have these embassies and consulates be well protected, a place where you can hunker down and close out access until the threat passes. >> u.s. ambassador susan rice was saying this morning -- i'm sorry, she spoke yesterday. she said ambassador chris stevens, what het to see is us packing up shop and totally leaving. >> i think she's totally right. ambassador rice has done a great job, as has secretary clinton. we have to keep sending the message of staying in power, but it doesn't mean we have to be in unfortunate fide or unprotected positions. you're going to take some casualties, but it's a different sort of thing when an ambassador is killed. that suggests the whole mission is in jeopardy. that's what's going on here. people knew ambassador stevens, liked him, admired him. but also when an embassy and ambassador is attacked
of what and at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> i'll let others decide that, there are democrats and republicans in congress calling for an investigation, as we need to have. the response was slow, confused, inconsistent. they first said that it was a youtube video and apontaneous mob and now we know it was a planned terrorist attack. if this was one tragic incident that would be a tragedy in and of itself but it is part of a bigger picture of the fact the obama foreign policy is unraveling, literally, before our eyes and our tv screens and, what mitt romney is going to do, is lay out a very different vision for foreign policy. one, that is a policy of american strength versus what i articulate or claim the president's policy is one of weakness, we are seeing the ugly fruits of the obama foreign policy unravel around the world on our tv screens, syria, 20,000 dead people, iran closer toward a nuclear weapon. the middle east peace process is in shambles and, we have flags being burned all around the world. russia is thwarting us at every stage in the process. this is a weak foreig
information on some of the security flaws that parental were at the consulate in benghazi. you uncovered some of those security flaws. tell us what they were. >> i spoke yesterday who used to be regional security officer for the state department. this is a person who was s in charge of the security in that country for the state department personnel. this is someone who worked extensively in the middle east. he says you need to go back and look at those pictures as a consulate in benghazi. that would have been a location as a high risk of terrorist attack or high risk of civil unrest. from that classification very specific physical security standards follow by the state department. for example, when you look at those pictures you may see grating on windows, it's never acceptable for where official government is done. there are specific requirements for the windows to be reinforced and same thing with the doors. there are standards for how high the walls are around the compound. they have to three meters in height with hundred foot set back from the building. what you see in the pictures, these
and the administration's escaped explanation of what happened at the u.s. consulate in benghazi? >> i will let others decide that. there are republicans and democrats in congress calling for an investigation as we need to have. response was slow. confused. inconsistent. they first said it was a youtube video and spontaneous mob. we now know it was a planned terrorist are attack. if this was one tragic incident that would be a tragedy in and of itself. the problem it is part of a bigger picture of the fact that the obama foreign policy is literally unraveling before our eyes on the tv screens. mitt romney is going to lay out a different vision for foreign policy. one that is a policy of american strength versus what i would articulate or say the president's policy is one of weakness. we are seeing the ugli fruits of the obama foreign policy unravel around the world on our tv screens. syria 20,000 dead people. iran closer to a nuclear weapon. the middle east peace process is in shamables and we he have our flags being burned all around the world. russia is thwarting us at every stage in the process. th
consulate in benghazi was preplanned. that is crucial. libyan prime minister also tells cnn that eight people detained were involved in carrying out the attack. that some are far extreme members of libya's largest islamic brigade and that no members having known affiliations specifically to al-qaeda. now, they also say to arwa that 30 to 50 people were attacked the consulate. they were organized, but didn't belong to one specific group. now, the libyan government said this was preplanned, but interesting. that has not been the message out of washington. this was the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice, on september 17th. >> the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact, this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. >> not preplanned or premeditated. white house spokesman jay carney reiterated that position yesterday. >> based on the information we had at the time and had to this day, we do not have evidence it was premeditated. >> but today, carney for the first time called it a terrorist attack and changed his wording, i quote him, we have
administration, as lawmakers have now sent a letter to james clapper demanding answers on benghazi attack. of considers, yesterday we were talking about james clapper. friday, his office coming out and basically staking responsibility for the intelligence failures. well, now, senator joe lieberman and others coming forward with this letter. >> alisyn: and also, who is going to take responsible for the tactffactactfufact-- spblt for three weeks later. 20 days past the september 11th attacks and fbi isn't in benghazi, they're in tripoli, for security reasons they say, they say that the libyan security forces aren't providing them with security and some sort of visa problem. this is unheard of. so, senator bob corker and joe lieberman among others, they want answers from clapper about why it's happening. >> dave: to the point at that tony schaeffer made on our program yesterday, he's worked with the fbi, some of the toughest and highly technically trained individuals on the planet. comfortable going into hostile zones like benghazi, it must not be an internal reason, it must be someone else
consulate in benghazi was a deliberate and organized terrorist assault carried out by extremists affiliated or sympathetic with al qaeda, a flat statement just issued. let's discuss the political fallout in our strategy session. joining us now, the democratic strategist and cnn political contributor donna brazile, along with david frum, contributing editor at "the daily beast" and "newsweek." david, a powerful statement just released by the director of national intelligence. it totally contradicts what the administration was saying in the days that immediately followed the killing of ambassador stevens and the three other americans. what do you make of this? >> totally supports what my colleague reported three days ago who was the first with this story. what it makes is the american ambassador dead, the administration's first impulse was to find ways to cover itself and avoid acknowledging the mistake the ambassador had completely inadequate security in a dangerous place. and it did that by pitting on this youtube video of the maker on his way to prison and charged under other offenses. in
. sources are telling fox news they are convinced the attack in benghazi was directly tied to al qaeda and they believe a former detainee at the u.s. detention center in guantanamo bay may have led the assault. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge joins us live from washington of the catherine, we learning about the former detainee? what do we know now? >> reporter: good morning ub ba. according to the file sufyan qumu had direct ties going back to 1993 when he traveled to afghanistan and trained at bin laden's camp. in addition to the 20 year relationship with the al qaeda leader, qumu is tied to a. the assessment states, quote the libyan government considers the detainee a dangerous man who has no qualms about committing terrorist acts. fox news is also told that there are small scale camps run by extremists in libya, while not established training camps like we once saw in afghanistan prior to 9/11 the zones of activity we're told are around benghazi where the attack on the consulate be took place, darnah. and southwest libya. the u.s. intelligence community are watch
in the consulate in benghazi in eastern libya, there is a cross border aspect to this story that is making right now in tunis. and another aspect of the story tunisia, like other countries are being hard-hit by the united states to stop the radicalism we see here in wake of the arab spring. they told me they did not see the tunisia step between the protests of the islamist and protestors the other friday that did knowledge damage to the u.s. embassy, and its compound and a school nearby where about a hundred american kids were staying until about two hours before the protest. there with us a demand coming from the americans that the tunisia act against these radicals. and there was a taunt in that too. tunisia looking to america to fork over half a billion dollars in needed money over the next year to payoff loans in this economy. there is a bit of a taunt there too by the united states that, hey you come through there and then maybe we can come through with this. back to the breaking news, we'll get a hard confirm when we get our crew on the ground seeing this. about a thousand security surroun
situation in benghazi between the u.s. mission in libya and the state department leading up to that attack. quote: we must insist on more timely information regarding the attacks and the events leading up to those attacks. and there is yet a third letter from senior republicans on the armed services committee, mccain, graham and eye quote. they want more answers as to why the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, made the statements that she did given what the intelligence was at that time. so i think what we're seeing now is some real momentum at least on the republican side to force the administration to explain why they said certain things publicly about this spontaneous attack when the intelligence said something quite different, megyn. megyn: catherine herridge, thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome. megyn: well, as we mentioned moments ago, new polling suggests that president obama is way ahead in two critical swing states. but team romney and some polling number crunchers say not so fast. what is really going on here? in three minutes we'll go over the numbers and talk to them w
in benghazi. and really, it was very apparent, larry, very early on that this was a pre-planned attack. the libyan president said it was a pre-planned attack. and you have the ambassador of the united nations for the united states coming on and misleading the public. basically we have sent a letter to ambassador rice to explain herself. >> you know, there's a story out today, i didn't know if you saw it, senator, but the story essentially was that the united states government within 24 hours knew it was a pre-planned terrorist attack. your thought on that. because that indicts rice and whomever else was in this cover-up even more. >> that's right. ambassador rice came on the sunday morning programs and said that, in fact, it was a spontaneous reaction of course to the video. and in no way was an expression of hostility toward america. and you have to say killing four american heroes, quite honestly, attacking our consulate, if that's not hostility toward america, i don't know what it is. so, no, i think it's pretty apparent that the administration must have known, had information, and
of u.n. ambassador susan rice because of her handling of the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. u.s. intelligence is saying there is evidence that the attack was initially planned. initially, the administration had maintained they believed the attacks in libya were spontaneous reaction to the offensive video that rocked the middle east and beyond. could the direct sort of politicizing of the benghazi attack snowball into a full-blown october surprise for the president? what do you think? does the changing discourse about what happened in benghazi ultimately cause harm to the president? >> the thing about an october surprise is it usually has to reinforce some fundamental weakness or arguments from taking place with the president. if you think about the bin laden tape at the end of the 2004 campaign with bush and kerry, bush had been running on this fear and strength and all these issues getting the country animated on this. by the time the surprise happened, it reinforced what the people already believed. the thing that the president and this is why the bin laden assassination sor
of this to include benghazi was preplanned. it's not spontaneous. megyn: so you're saying they are feeling more emboldened now, that they don't believe that the american superpower will strike back in the way we once would have? >> exactly. and, of course, our ability to do so isdiminished every time we pull more troops occupant of a place like afghanistan t. out of a place like afghanistan. the sad fact of it is that the mission of the u.s. u.s. marinen this case with the fast units being sent out are to protect diplomatic missions from this kind of assault. well, there's not quite enough marines to go around if that's what we're going to continue to do, cutting the budget. so places like sudan which turned down the introduction of a marine security guard detachment and the enhanced fast unit that was supposed to go out there, what we really ought to be doing is telling sudan no marines, no aid. and this administration isn't about to do that kind of thing because they can't even acknowledge that they failed, they failed in the basic requirements of preparing for the kind of demonstrations that
the u.s. consulate in benghazi. and then the attack began. and because of the precision of attack, the direct fire, the indirect fire in the preplanning that could have taken place for that, it's very possible that there was some either inside help, or some type of surveillance that had gone on at the compound. in fact, the libyan president over the weekend said he felt there was preplanning. and premeditation in to this, especially considering not only did these militants attack the compound, they also then attacked a safe house nearby. that the u.s. consulate officials could have gone to for help. the protests around the middle east continue. in pakistan, we saw violence today. in fact, the embassy in islamabad tetch rarely suspended the operation ahead of the protest because they knew it would become violent. tear gas flying. pakistani police brought out the big water cannons to push protesters back from climbing in to the u.s. embassy compound. in lebanon, the leader of the hezbollah militant group took to the streets in a rare public appearance to call for continueed protest.
has confirmed within 24 hours of the assault in benghazi, u.s. intelligence knew it was preplanned and ladies and gentlemened it a terrorist attack, an al-qaeda terrorist attack. we have been saying this all along on "the five." thereon the obama administration trying -- listen to the obama administration thighing to spin the story -- trying to spin the story. they were aware of this by september 12. pay careful attention the dates. >> there is no justification, none at all for responding to this video with violence. >> we have no information to suggest that it was a pre pre-planned attack. it's not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of. >> this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. >> eric: all right. here is president obama tuesday. >> there are no words to excuse the killing of innocence. there is no video this justifies an attack on an embassy. >> eric: kimberly, now we know that the obama administration labeled at it terrorist attack, so they could release intelligence in the area. but for better part of two weeks they have been denying it was terrorism and b
on the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya. even though the administration initially and repeatedly denied that assault was terrorism, it was at the same time working with the assumption that it was just that. in the inves
in the assassination of our ambassador in benghazi is quite significant because it rips a hole in the administration argument that the war on terror is over. it is very much in force as we can see. stuart: last time mitt romney said anything about this was placed appearance when he was responding to the semi apology the embassy of cairo put out. the response to what mitt romney said was from the media that this -- is this now a new opportunity for mitt romney to get into this issue? >> i think it is. this shows that our commander-in-chief not only is weak and indecisive but fundamentally misunderstands what is going on in the middle east and while people are focused on the economy the potential danger to the united states over the next four years is real. stuart: is it right for a challenger in a presidential election to go after the incumbent president on foreign policy six weeks to the election? >> absolutely. if you go back to 1944 and look at republican criticism of franklin roosevelt's handling of the war until then that is real criticism of a critical foreign policy. remember the war in vietna
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